Remembering Who We Are, and Honoring What We Have

January 16, 2008

“Love hath no greater man than this,

that he lay down his life for a friend.”

John 15:13

I never thought that I’d be a blogger, or even be asked to write for a blog, but my status as a musician has helped me come to this point. It’s an honor to join Terri, and Anthony here on A Soldier’s Mind, and be able to write about experiences that I had thru-ought my life. Music has always been a blessing for me, and it has been a way for me to help deal with the pressures of life. As soldiers, we tend to get battle minded to the point where we don’t really know what goes on in the outside world. War is always a fact of life for our soldiers. I want to take the time to remember who we are as soldiers, and honor what we have. Who are we? We are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, and family. We are battle buddies, comrades at arms, the designated driver when you’re too drunk to get home by yourself. We are musicians, gamers, athletes, but we’re lazy most of the time. We love our jobs, or rather, love to hate them. We have good taste in food. MRE,s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner? well, you know the deal. We train to fight the wars and serve the nation, Who are we you ask? We are your United States Army. Nomatter if your for us, or against us, if you’re for, or against the war, if you support us, or you disown us, If you think that we’re the greatest army on earth, or we are nothing at all. The simple truth is, we serve you, the people of the United States of America. A nation cannot survive without a military, and our proud military has been doing it for over 230 years. Viet Nam has come and gone, and they have just received the respect they deserved when they came home in the late 60’s and early 70s. I will always have respect for our soldiers, but the utmost respect will go to the Viet Nam Vets, because of the way they were treated when they came home. Viet Nam was a terrible war, and I personally hope and pray, that we never see another war like that, ever happen again. Even though there are people who are against the war, we still must remember who we are, We are Americans, proud people of a proud nation. We must honor what we have, the sacrifices of 230 years of service, the deaths of soldiers today, Freedom!, we have freedom because of the very men and women who are over there now. It’s the soldier’s sacrifice that makes our nation free. Freedom, remember that word, that is what we are fighting for, we have our freedom because of our soldiers, you must honor their sacrifices. We are Americans, and it is because that we have a proud polished fighting force that we can be free. Honor our soldiers, be thankful for what you have. Life is too short to argue about who’s right and who’s wrong. As I leave you with this final thought, never forget what has happened to our nation. Remember who you are, and never forget the pain and suffering that has been inflicted on our soldiers. Their fight is one for victory, freedom for all Americans, and most of all, our fight for peace. Our military serves for one reason, your freedom. Let’s remember who we are, and always honor what we have. You must never waiver in your support for our military. Be thankful for what you have, honor those who have fallen in combat, they died so that we can be free. If you see any veteran out on the streets, stop and thank him or her for serving. You don’t have to like the military, or have anything to do with us, all we ask is that you remember the sacrifice that we made for your freedom. I am proud to be an American, a soldier, a husband, and a father, but most of all, I’m proud to be, FREE!!!!.

A special thanks to Terri and Anthony for inviting me to write on A Soldier’s Mind. God bless you, and God bless America, land of the free, and the home of the brave.


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